To dream of a department store represents intelligent fulfillment of goals, needs, or wishes that you have. Asking questions, doing research, or negotiating what you want. Not feeling any pressure about a choice you are considering.
Example: A man dreamed of standing outside a department store that he was about to enter. In waking life he was about to begin negotiations with a radio station to get an ad placed on the air. He was asking a lot of questions about price options before ever making a serious choice and didn’t feel pressured into having to do anything just yet.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of shopping at with her husband. In waking life her husband wanted a divorce when she didn’t. Shopping at the department store reflected her wish to take her time or keep considering any options possible to save the marriage. Wanting to feel no pressure while they considered reconciling.
Example 3: A woman dreamed of shopping in for a baby thermometer. In waking life she was deciding whether or not it was a good idea to keep her baby after she discovered she got pregnant.